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Defence Management Board

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Defence Board (08) Paper 03, Strategic Risk—Making The Defence Case, (b) Defence Board (08), Paper 02, Strategic Review of Remuneration, (c) Defence Board (08), Paper 10, Typhoon Tranche 3 and Future Support, (d) Defence Board (08) Paper 13, Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Legislation, (e) Defence Board (08) Paper 17, Balanced Scorecard and (f) Defence Board (08) Paper 47, Departmental Management of International Acquisition; (249698)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Defence Management Board DMB (07) Paper 24, Defence Attaches Review, (b) DMB (07) 25, The Future of NAAFI, (c) DMB (07) 28, Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide, (d) DMB (07) 28, Maximising Defence Capability Through R and D, (e) DMB (07) 46, Managing Our Military Strategic Balance 2, (f) DMB (07) 57, the Future of NAAFI, (g) DMB (07) 58, Update on Maximising Defence Capability Through R and D, (h) DMB (07) 58, Update on Maximising Defence Capability Through R and D and (i) DMB (07) 60, Pay Strategy 2008;

(3) what Defence Management Board papers were taken in 2008;

(4) if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 11 Crown Immunity, (b) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 12 Maximising Benefit from Defence Research, (c) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 13 Crown Immunity in Defence, (d) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 15 Comprehensive Spending Review 07—Value for Money Reviews, (e) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 16 Science and Technology Rapid Assistance to Operations (STRATOS), (f) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 33 DMB Involvement with Investment Approval Decisions and (g) Defence Management Board (07) Paper 34 Defence Balanced Scorecard Revision.

The Defence Management Board was renamed the Defence Board in early 2008. It is the main corporate board of the MOD, providing strategic level leadership and strategic management of Defence, with responsibility to Ministers for the full range of Defence business, other than the conduct of operations.

It is a forum in which judgments about advice to Ministers are made, policy formulated, and issues relating to defence, national security and international relations (including some involving classified information, commercial and legal advice) are discussed. It is important that there should be a free and frank exchange of views. Accordingly, most of the papers it considers cannot be released.

However, reports on “Maximising Benefit from Defence Research” and “Maximising Defence Capability Through R and D”, which formed the basis of Defence Management Board papers (06)12 and (07)30 are publicly available on the MOD website. I have placed in the Library of the House copies of Defence Management Board papers (06)34 “Defence Balanced Scorecard Revision” and (07)58 “Update on Maximising Defence Capability Through R and D” and Defence Board paper (08)13 “Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Legislation”.

Lists of the papers taken by the Defence Board in 2008 and of those taken by the Defence Management Board in previous years are published on the MOD’s website, together with meeting agendas and unclassified summaries of conclusions.